Advent Devotion for December 20

O Clavis David

O Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel, You open and no one can close, You close and no one can open:
Come and rescue the prisoners who are in darkness and the shadow of death.

Reading: Matthew 16:13–19

The Father in heaven has revealed the Key of David, our Lord Jesus Christ, who has opened to us the kingdom of heaven. The Key has given the keys to His Church, and when the words are spoken, “I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” your sins are forgiven here and in heaven. Our Lord came in human time, comes to us now through His Word and Sacraments, and will come again. No one and nothing shall prevail over us, His Church.

Prayer: Father in heaven, through Your Son You have rescued us from the shadow of death and have opened to us the kingdom of heaven through the forgiveness of sins. Close all things that are harmful to us and by Your Spirit lead us to confess our sins and so receive Your forgiveness; for the sake of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn LSB 357:5

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

(Trae Fistler, Sem IV)